Research Leader Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for research leaders in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 4,272 research leaders currently employed in the United States.
  • 39.2% of all research leaders are women, while only 50.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed research leader is 36 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of research leaders is White (68.1%), followed by Asian (13.2%) and Hispanic or Latino (10.3%).
  • The majority of research leaders are located in NY, New York and CA, Irvine.
  • Research leaders are paid an average annual salary of $97,459.
  • Research leaders average starting salary is $60,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid research leaders earn as much as $157,000 or more.
  • 14% of all research leaders are LGBT.
  • Research leaders are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to education companies.

Research Leader Statistics By Gender

Among research leaders, 39.2% of them are women compared to 50.9% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 50.9%
  • Female, 39.2%
  • Unknown, 9.9%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
50.9%
Female
39.2%
Unknown
9.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Research Leader

Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$111,348
female-income
Female Income
$107,320

Research Leader Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the research leader position over time.

Male
Female
51%
49%
46%
44%
41%
39%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
46.13%
53.87%
2009
46.13%
53.87%
2010
46.22%
53.78%
2011
45.67%
54.33%
2012
45.68%
54.32%
2013
45.45%
54.55%
2014
45.34%
54.66%
2015
45.57%
54.43%
2016
45.45%
54.55%
2017
44.95%
55.05%
2018
46.50%
53.50%

Research Leader Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, grain elevator worker and chief estimator have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Human Resources Administrative Assistant11%85%
Wedding Coordinator11%83%
Assistant To Human Resources Director12%83%
Research Leader51%39%
Timber Buyer88%7%
Chief Estimator91%6%
Grain Elevator Worker91%8%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Grain Elevator Worker
Chief Estimator
Timber Buyer
Research Leader
Assistant To Human Resources Director
Wedding Coordinator
Human Resources Administrative Assistant
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Research Leader Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among research leaders is White, which makes up 68.1% of all research leaders. Comparatively, there are 13.2% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 68.1%
  • Asian, 13.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.3%
  • Black or African American, 5.1%
  • Unknown, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.2%
Job Title
Research Leader RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
68.1%
Asian
13.2%
Hispanic or Latino
10.3%
Black or African American
5.1%
Unknown
3.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.2%

Research Leader Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among research leaders.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
73.18%
4.98%
12.27%
7.84%
2011
71.48%
4.98%
12.70%
8.80%
2012
71.54%
5.19%
11.99%
9.03%
2013
71.30%
5.40%
11.44%
9.06%
2014
71.62%
4.83%
12.61%
8.50%
2015
70.58%
4.41%
12.91%
9.20%
2016
68.81%
5.58%
13.13%
10.10%
2017
68.78%
5.44%
13.20%
9.72%
2018
68.09%
5.10%
13.21%
10.30%

Research Leader Wage Gap By Race

Asian research leaders have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino research leaders have the lowest average salary at $104,379.
$120,000
$117,000
$114,000
$111,000
$108,000
$105,000
$102,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$111,474
White$108,189
Black or African American$106,166
Asian$116,463
Hispanic or Latino$104,379

Average Age of a Research Leader

We determined the average age of research leaders based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Unknown
32
34.5
White
36
34
Black or African American
40
36
Asian
36
33
Hispanic or Latino
33
30.5

Research Leader Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of research leader employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of research leaders is 40+ years old, which represents 35% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Research Leader YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
31%
30-40 years
34%
40+ years
35%

Types of Research Leader Degree Levels

The most common degree for research leaders is bachelor's degree 66% of research leaders earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 18% and rounding it off is associate degree with 7%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 66%
  • Masters, 18%
  • Associate, 7%
  • Doctorate, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 3%
Job Title
Research Leader DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
66%
Masters
18%
Associate
7%
Doctorate
6%
Other Degrees
3%

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Research Leader Wage Gap By Education

Research leaders with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $131,253 annually. With a Masters degree, research leaders earn a median annual income of $128,471 compared to $107,320 for research leaders with an Bachelors degree.
$133,000
$128,000
$123,000
$118,000
$113,000
$108,000
$103,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Master's Degree$128,471
Bachelor's Degree$107,320
Doctorate Degree$131,253

Research Leader Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ research leaders. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most research leaders is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire research leaders.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
2%
50 - 100 employees
3%
100 - 500 employees
7%
500 - 1,000 employees
8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
37%
> 10,000 employees
43%

The Types Of Companies Research Leader Work In

Employees with the research leader job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most research leaders prefer to work at public companies over education companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
33%
Public
39%
Private
25%
Government
3%

Top Industries Hiring Research Leaders

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ research leaders. Those industries include education, technology and manufacturing.

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Education

Fortune 500

Technology

Manufacturing

Finance

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
19%
Fortune 500
18%
Technology
9%
Manufacturing
7%
Finance
6%
Health Care
6%
Pharmaceutical
5%
Retail
4%
Media
3%
Internet
3%
Hospitality
3%
Professional
3%
Telecommunication
3%
Non Profits
3%
Government
2%
Insurance
2%
Energy
1%
Start-up
1%

Research Leader Turnover And Employment Statistics

Research Leader Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of research leaders changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescResearch Leader Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
7.74%
2011
5.95%
2012
6.43%
2013
4.82%
2014
4.69%
2015
3.53%
2016
4.06%
2017
3.47%
2018
3.02%

The Average Number of Years That Research Leader Stay in a Job

By looking over 2,107 research leaders resumes, we figured out that the average research leader enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 34%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
30%
1-2 years
34%
3-4 years
12%
5-7 years
13%
8-10 years
5%
11+ years
6%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Research Leaders with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to research leaders.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Senior Media Buyer12.70%
Research Leader14.22%
Prisoner Classification Interviewer16.05%
Associate Buyer16.98%
Senior Claims Examiner19.42%
PMO Consultant20.62%
Band Manager23.56%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Senior Media Buyer
12.70%
Prisoner Classification Interviewer
16.05%
Associate Buyer
16.98%
Senior Claims Examiner
19.42%
PMO Consultant
20.62%
Band Manager
23.56%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Research Leaders

The most common foreign language among research leaders is Spanish at 32.4%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 14.1% and Mandarin is the third-most popular at 7.6%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 32.4%
  • French, 14.1%
  • Mandarin, 7.6%
  • Chinese, 6.5%
  • German, 4.9%
  • Other, 34.5%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
32.4%
French
14.1%
Mandarin
7.6%
Chinese
6.5%
German
4.9%
Other
34.5%

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Research Leader Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a research leader can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of research leaders is $160,569. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Research Leaders Earn The Most?

The map here shows where research leaders earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Research Leaders Located?

By looking through more than 2,107 resumes, we found that the most popular places for research leaders are NY, New York and CA, Irvine.

Number of Research Leaders